How to Maintain Your Brain Health As You Get Older
Although Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive decline are prevalent among seniors, these conditions are not inevitable. You can take steps now to protect your brain health as you age gracefully. For example, a physician at your local hospital might recommend starting an exercise routine, managing underlying medical conditions, and maintaining a healthy weight to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Enjoy Physical Activity
The latest research reveals that leading a physically active lifestyle may significantly reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as you grow older. This may be because exercise stimulates the hippocampus region of your brain, which is responsible for the formation of memories. Before beginning an exercise program, it’s a good idea to visit a doctor at your local hospital to ensure that you can enjoy exercise safely.
Follow a Brain-Healthy Diet
Doctors often advise patients to follow a heart-healthy diet to support brain health. The same dietary guidelines that can help you reduce your risk of heart problems may also reduce your risk of cognitive problems. Try reducing how much cholesterol and saturated fat you consume, while increasing your intake of colorful vegetables and fruits, in addition to sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon.
Challenge Your Brain
It’s never too late to learn a new skill, and in doing so, you’ll support your brain health. Learning new skills stimulates new brain cell growth and brain cell connectivity. Consider signing up for a continuing education class or try an activity you’ve never tried before, such as Sudoku.
Seniors throughout West Hills can find the resources they need to maintain wellness at West Hills Hospital. At our community hospital, our specialists offer cancer care, emergency care, and spine services, among many other specialty services. If you wish to speak with a registered nurse, you can call (818) 676-4000 or you could click through to our website to learn more about our hospital.